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Do You Wear Flip Flops in the Gym Shower?

The other day I was talking to a friend of mine who says she does not wear flip flops in the shower at her gym because she does not want to lug around one more thing in her gym bag. "Understandable," I said, "But have you ever had Athlete's Foot?" She told me no and that she'll take her chances. However, when it comes to Athlete's Foot and my tootsies, I take no chances.

Surely my pal can't be the only one here so I am curious about you guys...


misslarue misslarue 10 years
I never shower at the gym - ick!
zephyrmori zephyrmori 10 years
i don't shower in the gym, i head straight home to shower. :\
pixelhaze pixelhaze 10 years
Since everybody else does I do too. What I mean by that is - people's feet don't gross me out, so if everyone went in barefoot I wouldnt be concerned. But the soles of someone's shoes - shoes that could have been anywhere before touching the locker room floor - that does gross me out. So I wear flip flops.
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 10 years
I never shower at the gym, I usually go after work and stink it up at home after!
jesse3000 jesse3000 10 years
A little bit of prevention, like flip-flops can save alot of money on treating plantar warts and fungus growing b/w your toes. I have had both and both take multiple trips usually to the Dr. and lots of medicine to get rid of.
girlboy girlboy 10 years
the gym shower is horror
cageyme cageyme 10 years
I wait and take a shower when I get home. However, If I were to use a public shower, I would definitely use flip-flops.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
I won't let my bare feet touch the locker room or shower floor. Yuck. Uh-uh baby. Flip-flops all the way.
Rachiepop Rachiepop 10 years
ALWAYS, no matter where I've gone, if there is a public shower I'm forced to use I've got a special designated pair of flip flops meant just for the shower. I'm not taking any chances and some flimsy $2 foam flip flops don't take up any space or weight so I haven't got a problem with them.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
I hate public showers. I go home and shower right away
CillaB8 CillaB8 10 years
When I first started showering at the gym, I didn't wear flip flops, but there are always sections of the shower floor that the water doesn't reach and ash the soap away. I just couldn't stand stepping on someone else's wash-off. After a few times, I started bringing shower shoes.
erin2323 erin2323 10 years
I didn't used to. I started doing it more often several years ago after I got athlete's foot. Then I started being positively religious about it after my husband got a plantar wart from the gym shower a couple of years ago. Before then I used to always tell him he should wear flip flops but he didn't. He actually couldn't run or do yoga for months because it got so painful. He had to go to the doctor *6* times over 6 months to get it dug out repeatedly - she said he had a variety that goes particularly deep and is particularly hard to get rid of. So seriously, wear those flip flops. You do not want to get a plantar wart. Athlete's foot is no picnic either!
kristyrk kristyrk 10 years
Is it true that peeing on your feet keep you from getting Athletes Foot? I think its a military thing? I don't know where I heard this from. . . :)
sil2op sil2op 10 years
My bare feet never touch the floor at the gym be it shower, locker rooms, etc. a nasty plantar wart in college taught me that lesson real quick! I see other women walk all over the place in their bare feet and just cringe at the though- really how big & heavy are a pair of cheap flip flops anyway?
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 10 years
I think I will now after reading this post
total total 10 years
I mostly shower at the gym (helps me keep breakouts at bay)... but I always wear shower sandals. On the rare occasion where I don't have them I'll wear my gym socks into the shower. It may look funny, but I have to figure it's better than nothing (I hope!).
mizz_jennii mizz_jennii 10 years
I don't use the showers at my gym because the thought of a public shower makes my skin crawl. I'm a huge germ-a-phobe! Never in my life.....YUCK!!
sportsaholic21 sportsaholic21 10 years
I don't ever shower at the gym, but I don't ever let my feet touch the floor in the locker room. I keep on flip flops (at least at all times) then head straight home to hit the shower (yes I am a total germophobe)
lilv lilv 10 years
i did the same thing in college you have to wear flip-flops! at the gym the same thing standing water and relying on others for their hygenie yep i wear them every time!
maryamrose maryamrose 10 years
If you want to deal with plantars warts later, be my guest. Kind of an expensive consequence to not wearing a pair of $2.50 flip-flops, imo.
millarci millarci 10 years
I also lived in a dorm and I NEVER went to the shower without flip flops. Oddly enough I wasn't thinking of athletes foot or warts. To me it was just plain nasty to go into a public shower without flip flops. Yuck!
crystalita crystalita 10 years
I lived in a dorm for 3 years, so I wore shoes in the shower there and I do in the gym too. Athletes foot is a big problem, but so are warts - plantar warts (meaning on the bottom of the foot) can be picked up in the shower too. They are caused by the human papilloma virus and can be a lot harder to get rid of than the athete's foot fungus.
Passion4Fashion Passion4Fashion 10 years
I use the gym mostly for the pool, so I like to go and wash off all the chlorine b/f I leave...If I leave my sandals at home by accident, I'll still use the shower...
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